Golf Talk Live - Lanny Wadkins Transcript Segment 5
WHEN YOU THINK BACK TO THIS, WHAT GOES THROUGH YOUR HEAD TODAY?
OH, THE JUST EXCITEMENT OF THE WHOLE THING. UH, IT WAS . THAT WAS ACTUALLY THE FIRST MAJOR CHAMPIONSHIP EVER DECIDED AT SUDDEN DEATH.
SO UM, GENE AND I WERE OUT THERE. THE PGA DIDN'T . I DON'T THINK THEY WERE READY FOR IT. WE WENT TO THE FIRST HOLE.
UM, LIT' (LITTLER) WASN'T EVEN AWARE THERE WAS A PLAYOFF. HE THOUGHT IT WAS AN 18-HOLE PLAYOFF THE NEXT DAY WHEN IT FIRST HAPPENED.
UM, WE GOT OUT THERE AND GOT READY TO PLAY. AND UH, THEY HAD NO GALLERY ROPES. THE GALLERIES CAME DOWN THE EIGHT - DOWN THE FIRST FAIRWAY, THE SECOND FAIRWAY, YOU KNOW, AT PEBBLE BEACH BEHIND US.
UH, THEY SWAMPED US. IT WAS OUT OF CONTROL, JUST KIND OF LIKE THE 18TH HOLE AT THE BRITISH OPEN WHERE EVERYBODY COMES IN. YOU - GUYS POPPED THROUGH. WE DID THAT ON THE SECOND HOLE
UH, SO IT WAS - IT WAS A LITTLE HAIRY A COUPLE TIMES. BUT UH, THERE WERE A LOT OF PEOPLE WATCHING IT. UH, I LIKE - I LIKE THE LITTLE DEAL THAT I SAW.
A PICTURE OF MY CADDY THERE, RALPH COFFEY (SPELLING-???), WHO UH HAD CADDIED FOR DEANE BEMAN FOR A WHILE, AND RALPH WAS CADDYING FOR ME AT THE TIME. WE GOT ON THE FIRST HOLE IN THE PLAYOFF. AND UH,
RALPH TENDED TO GET EXCITED AND NOT GET OUT WHAT HE WANTED TO SAY. SO I SAID, 'WHAT WE GOT HERE, RALPH, ON THE SECOND SHOT?' AND HE STARTED STUTTERING AND I SAID, 'JUST WRITE IT DOWN, RALPH.' (CHUCKLE)
WHAT DID YOUR DAD THINK WHEN YOU WON?
OH, HE WAS EXCITED. UH, MY DAD WAS MY BIGGEST FAN. AND UM, I REMEMBER WHEN I MADE THE PUTT TO WIN THE U.S. AMATEUR, HE - MY MOTHER SAID HE JUMPED OVER THE COFFEE TABLE IN THE - IN THE LIVING ROOM. SO UM .
I'M - I'M SURE THAT THEY WERE GOING CRAZY AT THIS POINT IN TIME WATCHING THIS. IT WAS UH . UM, JUST AN AMAZING TIME FOR ME. I WAS ACTUALLY A NON-EXEMPT PLAYER WHEN I - WHEN I WON THE PGA.
I HAD UH . HAD SOME SURGERIES IN '74 AND SOME PROBLEMS AND I WAS NON-EXEMPT IN '77. I HAD MADE ENOUGH MONEY BY PLAYING WELL THAT YEAR TO GET IN THE PGA
AND THEN ACTUALLY STARTED THE LAST ROUND WITH THE GOAL TO FINISH IN THE TOP-8 TO GET BACK IN THE MASTERS, WAS MY GOAL LAST ROUND. AND AS THINGS GOT CLOSER AND CLOSER, I UH . I REALIZED I HAD A CHANCE.
AND ONCE I . YOU KNOW, SAW I HAD A CHANCE, I HIT SOME GREAT SHOTS AT 17 AND 18.
SOME PEOPLE SAY THAT WHEN YOU BECOME FAMOUS THAT YOU DON'T CHANGE, BUT THE PEOPLE AROUND YOU AND YOUR FRIENDS DO. DO YOU FIND THAT TO BE TRUE?
HMM, YES AND NO. UH, MY FRIENDS HAVE BEEN GREAT. UH, ONE THING THAT UH MY CAREER HAS AFFORDED ME, BECAUSE OF ITS UPS AND DOWNS, IS I FIND OUT WHO MY TRUE FRIENDS ARE.
I'VE GOT GUYS THAT HAVE STAYED MY FRIEND THROUGH THICK AND THIN THAT UH . I MEAN, I'VE GOT UH FRIENDS THAT CALL ME NOT WHEN I'M PLAYING GOOD BUT WHEN I'M PLAYING BAD TO MAKE SURE I'M OKAY.
UM, I KNEW A LOT OF PEOPLE THAT WERE MY - WERE BACK SLAPPING BUDDIES IN MY FIRST 2 YEARS ON TOUR, THEN I HAD A FEW BAD YEARS, I'D WALK BY AND SAY `HI' AND THEY DIDN'T KNOW WHO I WAS. SO UM,
THE ONE THING I DO HAVE IS A MEMORY LIKE AN ELEPHANT SO I REMEMBER WHO THOSE PEOPLE WERE. SO UM, I CAN, YOU KNOW, TURN THE TABLES PRETTY QUICK.
BUT I DO REMEMBER WHO MY FRIENDS ARE AND THEY MEAN A LOT TO ME, AN AWFUL LOT. I'VE GOT A LOT OF GUYS THAT LIKE TO COME WATCH ME PLAY AND I - AND I CAN'T TELL YOU HOW IMPORTANT THAT IS ME THAT THEY .
THEY WORRY MORE ABOUT MY GOLF GAME THAN I DO SOMETIMES.
I'M SURE THAT'S TRUE. MICHAEL IN WISCONSIN, WHAT'S YOUR QUESTION TONIGHT FOR LANNY?
MICHAEL FROM WISCONSIN
MR. KESSLER, MR. WADKINS . UH, GOOD EVENING.
GOOD EVENING, MICHAEL.
MICHAEL FROM WISCONSIN
I ENJOY YOU VERY, VERY MUCH, MR. KESSLER. JUST WANTED TO LET YOU KNOW YOU'RE TOP SHELF MAN.
MICHAEL FROM WISCONSIN
MR. WADKINS, ARE . CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR WIN. UH, THE QUESTION IS: GOOD PLAYERS HAVE A VARIETY OF UH SWING TEMPOS . ELS, COUPLES, SLOWER TEMPOS, AND THEN WHEN THEY TALK ABOUT QUICKER TEMPOS, PRICE, OLAZABAL AND YOURSELF SEEM TO UH COME INTO DISCUSSION THERE.
QUESTION IS, MR. WADKINS, IN YOUR OPINION, HOW DOES ONE FIND THEIR BEST INTERNAL SWING TEMPO? THANK YOU.
I THINK JUST SWING WITH WHAT'S COMFORTABLE. UM, I DON'T THINK YOU GO AND TRY AND DEVELOP A TEMPO. I THINK IT'S JUST SOMETHING THAT'S NATURAL THAT YOU DO.
I UH . I MEAN, I'M NOT TRYING TO SWING FAST. I'M NOT TRYING TO SWING SLOW. I'M JUST SWINGING WHATEVER'S ME. UH, I MEAN, IF YOU WATCH A GUY LIKE HALE IRWIN, HE WALKS FAST. HIS TEMPO'S FAST.
I MEAN, YOU KNOW, HE SWINGS THE WAY HE DOES EVERYTHING ELSE. I MEAN, MY SWING UH . IS FAST AT TIMES, SLOWER AT TIMES. I THINK IT DEPENDS ON, YOU KNOW, THE SITUATION.
IT'S - IT'S ALWAYS BEEN A LITTLE QUICK, BUT THE MAIN THING IS TO KEEP THE CLUB ACCELERATING.
TELL US - YOU KNOW, HALE IRWIN IS ONE OF THE GREAT, GREAT COMPETITORS, 3 U.S. OPENS, 20 TOUR WINS, IF I'M NOT MISTAKEN. YOU WOULD PROBABLY KNOW THAT NUMBER BETTER THAN I DO. I BET YOU KEEP TABS ON EVERYBODY JUST ABOVE .
YOU'RE PRETTY GOOD OF A GUY. YOU'RE PRETTY MUCH RIGHT ON THERE. (CHUCKLE)
ABOVE AND BELOW, RIGHT? BUT TELL US THE STORY ABOUT, THE 2 STORIES, ABOUT YOU AND HALE AS PARTNERS IN THE RYDER CUP AND HE WASN'T SO SURE HE WANTED TO HIT THE FIRST TEE SHOT ON THE FIRST HOLE.
OH MY GOODNESS, OH YEAH. WELL, I HOPE HALE'S NOT WATCHING RIGHT NOW BUT . YEAH, THIS WAS UH, THE FIRST TIME WE WERE PAIRED TOGETHER WAS 1977 AT UH,
LYTHAM, ST. ANNES. IT WAS MY FIRST RYDER CUP AND FIRST HOLE'S A PAR-3. AND UH, WE WALKED ON THE FIRST TEE. AND WHEN YOU PLAY AN ALTERNATE SHOT, YOU DECIDE WHO'S GONNA HIT OFF ONE `CAUSE IF YOU HIT OFF ONE, YOU HIT ON ALL THE ODD HOLES.
AND THE OTHER GUY HITS ON THE EVEN HOLES. AND . I WAS GONNA HIT ON THE ODD HOLES - ON THE EVEN HOLES AND HALE ON THE ODD HOLES SO HE WAS GONNA TEE OFF FIRST ON . AT LYTHAM.
SO WE WALKED ON THE FIRST TEE. WE'RE THE FIRST MATCH OUT. UM . HE GETS ON THE FIRST TEE, DOESN'T LIKE THE LOOK OF SOMETHING, AND SAYS 'YOU HIT HERE.'
I SAID, 'WELL.' WE'D, YOU KNOW, PLANNED TO DO SOMETHING THE OTHER WAY SO 'OKAY, I'LL HIT HERE'. SO I HIT . I HIT THERE. AND I MEAN, WE GOT ON LIKE THE THIRD OR FOURTH HOLE. IT WAS A TIGHT PAR-4 WITH RAILROAD TRACKS TO THE RIGHT. AND UH,
I PULL OUT DRIVER TO TEE OFF ON THIS HOLE AND HALE SAYS, YOU KNOW, 'WHAT ARE YOU DOING?' I SAID, 'I'M HITTING DRIVER.' HE SAYS, 'WHAT ABOUT THOSE RAILROAD TRACKS TO THE RIGHT?' I SAID, 'HADN'T NOTICED THEM.'
BUT I GOT THERE AND PUT HIM RIGHT IN THE RAILROAD TRACKS. SO, I MEAN, IT WAS KIND OF ONE OF THOSE DAYS. BUT WE ENDED UP UH WINNING OUR MATCH. WE BEAT BERNARD GALLACHER AND BRIAN BARNES.
IT WAS MY FIRST RYDER CUP MATCH UH, BEAT THEM 2 AND 1. WELL, HALE AND I PLAYED ON SOME RYDER CUP TEAMS TOGETHER BETWEEN '77 AND '91. WE DON'T PLAY TOGETHER, YOU KNOW, AS PARTNERS.
UH, WE WON A MATCH THAT WEEK IN '91. STOCKTON HAD US GOING OUT FIRST AS HIS FIRST GROUP. HE WANTED A TOUGH GROUP, AND I GUESS HALE AND I FIT THAT BILL. SO WE'RE PLAYING UH FIRST OFF THE FIRST DAY.
AND HERE AGAIN, WE'D DECIDED HE WAS GONNA TEE OFF FIRST ON THE FIRST HOLE. AND UH, I WAS GONNA HIT ON THE EVEN HOLES. SO WE WALK TO THE FIRST TEE AND .
I MEAN, THE CONDITIONS, YOU KNOW, ON HALE'S BEHALF, THE CONDITIONS HAD CHANGED DRASTICALLY FROM PRACTICE. SO THE WIND WAS NOW BLOWING INTO US FROM THE LEFT PRETTY HARD.
IT'S ABOUT 55 DEGREES AND COLD AND NOT A NICE DAY. AND UH, WE GET ON THE FIRST TEE. I'M KIND OVER THERE TALKING TO MY CADDIE AND THE OFFICIALS `CAUSE I'M .
YOU KNOW, I HAVEN'T GOT TO DO ANYTHING EXCEPT JUST WATCH HALE HIT IT HERE. AND HE SAYS, 'WHY DON'T YOU HIT HERE. I DON'T LIKE THE WIND'S . I DON'T LIKE THE WAY THE WIND'S BLOWING. I - THERE'S NO WAY I CAN PUT IT IN THE FAIRWAY HERE.'
NOT WHAT YOU WANT TO HEAR YOUR PARTNER SAY. SO I . I SAID, 'THIS A LITTLE `DE JA VU' ALL OVER AGAIN, HALE?' SO .
14 YEARS LATER.
14 YEARS LATER SO . BUT, I MEAN . HE MUST BE BRILLIANT `CAUSE IT WORKED PERFECTLY. I GOT UP THERE AND RIPPED IT DOWN THE MIDDLE. WE BIRDIE THE FIRST 3 HOLES. WE SHOT 5-UNDER ALTERNATE SHOT ON THE FRONT-9 AT KIAWAH, WHICH WAS UNHEARD OF
AND WON UH THAT DAY. AND WE PLAYED TOGETHER THE NEXT MORNING AND WON AGAIN. SO UM, I LOVE HAVING HALE AS A PARTNER. HE IS ONE HECK OF A COMPETITOR. AND UM, I'LL TAKE HIM ANY TIME.
ESPECIALLY WHEN HE MAKES YOU HIT FIRST. WE'LL TAKE A SHORT BREAK.
YEAH, LET HIM HIT THE IRONS TOO.
WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.
Rahm manages frustration, two back at CareerBuilder
Jon Rahm managed the winds and his frustrations Saturday at the CareerBuilder Challenge to give himself a chance to win his fourth worldwide title in the last year.
Rahm’s 2-under-par 70 on the PGA West Stadium Course left him two shots off the lead going into the final round.
“I wasn’t really dealing with the wind that much,” Rahm said of his frustrations. “I was dealing with not being as fluid as I was the last two days.”
The world’s No. 3 ranked player opened with a 62 at La Quinta Country Club on Thursday and followed it up with a 67 on Friday at PGA West. He made six birdies and four bogeys on the Stadium Course on Saturday.
“The first day, everything was outstanding,” Rahm said. “Yesterday, my driver was a little shaky but my irons shots were perfect. Today, my driver was shaky and my irons shots were shaky. On a course like this, it’s punishing, but luckily on the holes where I found the fairway I was able to make birdies.”
Rahm is projected to move to No. 2 in the world rankings with a finish of sixth or better on Sunday.
Cook leads by one entering final round at CareerBuilder
LA QUINTA, Calif. – Austin Cook hit a hybrid into the fairway bunker on the par-4 18th on a breezy Saturday afternoon at La Quinta Country Club, then chunked a wedge and raced a chip 20 feet past the hole.
Kip Henley, the longtime PGA Tour caddie who guided Cook to a breakthrough victory at Sea Island in November, stepped in to give the 26-year-old former Arkansas star a quick pep talk.
''Kip said, 'Let's finish this like we did on the first day at the Nicklaus Course.' We made a big par putt on 18 there and he said, 'Let's just do the same thing. Let's get this line right and if you get the line right it's going in.'''
It did, giving Cook an 8-under 64 and a one-stroke lead in the CareerBuilder Challenge going into the final round on the Stadium Course at PGA West. Fellow former Razorback Andrew Landry and Martin Piller were tied for second, and Jon Rahm and Scott Piercy were a another stroke back after a tricky day in wind that didn't get close to the predicted gusts of 40 mph.
''I know that I wouldn't have wanted to play the Stadium today,'' Cook said. ''I think we got a great draw with the courses that we got to play on the days that we got to play them.''
Cook played the final six holes on the front nine in 6 under with an eagle and four birdies.
''Starting on my fourth hole, I was able to make a birdie and kind of get the ball rolling and it never really stopped rolling,'' Cook said. ''Kip and I were doing really good at seeing the line on the greens.''
After a bogey on 10, he birdied 11, 12 and 15 and parred the final three to get to 19-under 197.
''I think that tonight the nerves, the butterflies, all that will kind of be a little less,'' Cook said. ''I've been in the situation before and I was able to finish the job on Sunday. I think it would be a little different if I didn't play like I did on Sunday at Sea Island.''
He's making his first start in the event.
''I came in from Hawaii on Monday, so I only had two days to prepare for three courses,'' Cook said.
Landry, the second-round leader, had a 70 at the Stadium. Piller, the husband of LPGA tour player Gerina Piller, shot a 67 at La Quinta. Winless on the PGA Tour, they will join Cook in the final threesome.
''Piller's a good guy and we have played a lot together and same with Cookie,'' said Landry, the only player without a bogey after 54 holes. ''Hope the Hogs are going to come out on top.''
Rahm had a 70 at the Stadium to reach 17 under. The third-ranked Rahm beat up the par 5s again, but had four bogeys – three on par 3s. He has played the 12 par 5s in 13 under with an eagle and 11 birdies.
''A little bit of a survival day,'' Rahm said.
The wind was more of a factor on the more exposed and tighter Stadium Course.
''The course is firming up,'' Rahm said. ''I know if we have similar wind to today, if we shoot something under par, you'll be way up there contesting it over the last few holes.''
Piercy had a 66 at the Stadium.
''I controlled my ball really well today,'' he said.
Adam Hadwin had a 67 at La Quinta a year after shooting a third-round 59 on the course. The Canadian was 16 under along with Grayson Murray and Brandon Harkins. Murray had a 67 on the Nicklaus Course, and Harkins shot 68 at the Stadium.
Phil Mickelson missed the cut in his first tournament of the year for the second time in his career, shooting a 74 on the Stadium to finish at 4 under – four strokes from a Sunday tee time. The 47-year-old Hall of Famer was playing for the first time since late October. He also missed the cut in the Phoenix Open in his 2009 opener.
Charlie Reiter, the Palm Desert High School senior playing on the first sponsor exemption the event has given to an amateur, also missed the cut. He had three early straight double bogeys in a 77 on the Stadium that left him 1 over.
John Daly had an 80 at La Quinta. He opened with a triple bogey and had six bogeys – four in a row to start his second nine - and only one birdie. The 51-year-old Daly opened with a 69 on the Nicklaus layout and had a 71 on Friday at the Stadium.
Phil misses CareerBuilder cut for first time in 24 years
Phil Mickelson missed the cut Saturday at the CareerBuilder Challenge. It’s a rare occurrence in his Hall of Fame career.
He has played the event 15 times, going back to when it was known as the Bob Hope Classic. He has won it twice.
How rare is his missing the cut there?
The last time he did so, there was no such thing as a DVD, Wi-Fi, iPods, Xbox, DVR capability or YouTube.
The PGA Tour’s Jon Rahm didn’t exist, either.
The last time Mickelson missed a cut in this event was 1994, nine months before Rahm was born.
Mickelson struggled to a 2-over-par 74 in the heavy winds Saturday on the PGA West Stadium Course, missing the 54-hole cut by four shots. He hit just four of 14 fairways, just nine of 18 greens. He took a double bogey at the 15th after requiring two shots to escape the steep-walled bunker on the left side of the green.
Mickelson won’t have to wait long to try to get back in the hunt. He’s scheduled to play the Farmers Insurance Open next week at Torrey Pines in La Jolla, Calif.
Defending champ Gana co-leads Latin America Amateur
Toto Gana moved into early position to try to win a return trip to the Masters Saturday by grabbing a share of the first-round lead at the Latin America Amateur Championship.
The defending champ posted a 3-under-par 68 at Prince of Wales Country Club in his native Chile, equaling the rounds of Argentina’s Mark Montenegro and Colombia’s Pablo Torres.
They are one shot ahead of Mexico’s Alvaro Ortiz and Mario Carmona, Argentina’s Horacio Carbonetti and Jaime Lopez Rivarola and the Dominican Republic’s Rhadames Pena.
It’s a bunched leaderboard, with 19 players within three shots of each at the top of the board in the 72-hole event.
“I think I have my game under control,” said Gana, 20, a freshman at Lynn University. “I hit the ball very well, and I also putted very well. So, I am confident about tomorrow.”
The LAAC’s champion will get more than a Masters invitation. He also will be exempt into the The Amateur, the U.S. Amateur and any other USGA event he is eligible to play this year. The champion and players who finish runner-up are also exempt into the final stages of qualifying for The Open and the U.S. Open.
The LAAC was founded by the Masters, the R&A and the USGA, with the purpose of further developing amateur golf in South America, Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean.